Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
As announced by Nokia earlier this year, two new Lumia Windows Phones are soon to arrive on Mobile Fun shelves. The two new phones sit on either side of the acclaimed Lumia 620 – the Lumia 520 will be cheaper but include fewer features, while the Lumia 720 will be more costly but include a nicer design. Both phones will be available from Mobile Fun sim-free in the near future – the Lumia 520 ships today and the Lumia 720 will be available soon after. Let’s take a closer look at each in turn.
The Lumia 520 is a lower-end version of the Nokia Lumia 620 and the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device that has ever been sold by Nokia. While the Lumia 620 is a brilliant phone because it offers a wide spread of features at a low price point, the Lumia 520 is still fairly capable and is accordingly cheaper. It sheds the NFC capabilities and front-facing camera of the Lumia 620 – that means you won’t be able to video call on Skype or use NFC tags, but if you weren’t doing either of those things anyway then the Lumia 520 makes a lot of sense.
The phone still runs the same specifications as the Nokia Lumia 620, with a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage with up to 64 GB of microSD external storage. The display is only 4 inches diagonal, but does include super sensitive touch support that allow it to be used even while wearing gloves.
For more information on this phone, check out the Nokia Lumia 520 sim-free product page on our website. We also have a range of Nokia Lumia 520 accessories to augment your new phone.
As you’d expect, the Lumia 720 adds features to the Lumia 620 instead of taking them away, and consequently comes in at a higher price point. The Lumia 720 includes a larger 4.3″ display that remains at WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, as well as the same super-sensitive, glove-compatible display as the Lumia 520. The big advantage over the Lumia 620 is this phone’s case – the unibody chassis measures only 9 millimetres. The phone also supports wireless charging covers, so it’ll be able to work with the recently revealed Nokia Lumia wireless car holder with NFC.
Otherwise, the Lumia 720 remains very similar to its cheaper and heavier sibling, with a dual-core 1 GHz processor, half a gigabyte of RAM and 8 GB of expandable storage. Like the 620, the 720 includes Wi-Fi N, NFC and has two cameras. Both cameras are upgraded over what you’d find int he Lumia 620 as well, with a 6.7 megapixel unit in the rear and a 1.3 wide-angle megapixel camera on the front.
The Lumia 720 looks to be a good stylish option for people that don’t want or need the heightened specifications of the Nokia Lumia 920. For more information including the latest pricing and availability, check out the unlocked Nokia Lumia 720 product page. You could also check out our Nokia Lumia 720 accessories.
So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Here’s some news that you won’t find at the Mobile World Congress – Nokia are releasing a Wireless Charging NFC-enabled car holder for their Lumia Windows Phones! The CR-200 is the first wireless charging car holder for Windows Phone on the market, and it’s compatible with the Lumia 720, 820 and 920.
The Nokia car holder is a beautifully simple device – just place it on your dashboard and plug it into your cigarette lighter, then place your phone inside. Your Lumia will automatically start charging wirelessly. The integrated NFC chip also allows you to launch applications like GPS navigation when you place it inside, so you’re always ready to go without needing to lift a finger.
The car holder supports both landscape and portrait orientations, so you can make use of either just by rotating the holder. The sleek and stylish design of the car holder meshes well with your Lumia too – this is one of the best looking car holders I’ve ever seen.
As an official Nokia accessory partner, we’ll be one of the few stocking the device upon its launch. We don’t have pricing or availability information at the moment, but if you register your interest on the product page we’ll let you know as and when that information is available. Of course, we’ll blog about it too!
I think this could be the coolest Nokia Lumia 920 car holders I’ve seen yet. Are you interested in the Nokia Wireless Charging NFC Car Holder?Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and have a good evening!
Monday, February 18th, 2013
Hey, are there any Windows Phone 8S by HTC users out there? We’ve got some well deserved news for you!
We’re happy to announce that we’ve begun stocking an official HTC 8S case - the C820, also known as the Double Dip Hard Shell. The case’s tough polycarbonate construction should provide considerable protection from both impact damage – accidental drops and knocks – as well as more commonplace scratches, wear and tear.
Each case sold includes two bottom pieces – one in blue, one in white. This allows you to switch up the look of your phone. The case also includes cutouts in all of the right places, ensuring that you’ll retain full use of your phone while the case is in place.
This is a perfectly designed solution for the phone – exactly what you’d expect from a first party HTC case.
We also have one more HTC 8S accessory on the way – an official HTC screen protector twin pack. This official accessory will allow you to ensure that your phone’s screen remains scratch-free, as well as making it harder for fingerprints to appear and reducing screen glare. If you are interested in this HTC screen protector pack, I’d encourage you to register your interest on the product page linked below.
Thanks for reading the article. If you have any questions, comments or other feedback please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun and on Facebook at LoveYourMobile. Have a good evening!
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
I love my HTC 8X – the look of the phone, the way it works and the use of Live Tiles make it a joy to use every day. The 8X has a really impressive camera and runs super fast too but like any smartphone it could do with some extra protection to keep it looking fresh out of the box for longer. With that in mind here’s my three favourite accessories for the HTC 8X:
The Flexishield Skin for HTC 8X fits the 8X like a glove offering daily protection against bumps, scrapes and scratches. Manufactured from a special tough gel, the Flexishield case is as flexible as a silicone case but as durable as a tough case, so you have the best of both worlds.
The material used in the Flexishield HTC 8X case also adds a small amount of grip to the case, so those butterfingers moments are a thing of the past. As expected, the Flexishield allows access to all the vital ports and features of the 8X too, so you don’t need to remove it from the case in order to charge it.
Second on the list is the MFX Screen Protector – although the display of the 8X is made from Gorilla Glass which is ultra protective it never hurts to add that extra layer of protection to the screen of the smartphone.
The MFX HTC 8X screen protector helps to create an extra barrier between the display of the 8X and anything Mother Nature tries to throw at it: from dust and dirt to sand and grit. This keeps the screen free from any damage and scratches for longer and ensures that the sensitivity and visibility of the display aren’t hampered.
Finally, the Tech21 HTC 8X Snap Case keeps the back, sides and corners of the 8X fully protected from daily and more hard wearing damage. The Tech21 HTC 8X cover uses impactology with D30 technology to add an extra protective layer of material which hardens upon impact; therefore keeping the 8X safer. The Tech21 case also uses a rubber seal to absorb all shocks caused by bumps.
Again this cover includes cut-outs for all the important ports and features of the 8X so that it doesn’t need to be removed from the case to be used, so is always safe from damage. The case is durable and designed for all round protection, making it our winner.
Which HTC 8X case styles make your top 3? Let us know in the comments below.
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Modern smartphones and tablets are definitely power-hungry beasts, requiring up to 2.1A to charge at full speed. While you can get car chargers that’ll dispense the necessary power, usually they’re 2A split between two USB ports – not enough to charge a tablet and smartphone simultaneously at full speed.
That isn’t a problem for this Kensington Powerbolt Dual Car Charger, though – it dispenses a mighty 3.4A all told, with 2.4A on the top port and 1A on the bottom. That’s more than enough to charge even the latest iPad and iPhone at full speed – no more waiting around for the iPad to charge, or even having it lose charge faster than it gains it back!
This Powerbolt also comes with a rather useful extra – a free Lightning USB cable that’ll allow you to charge any of Apple’s latest devices, including the iPad 4, iPad Mini and iPhone 5. The cable is a meter long too, so it should be quite convenient to use as an iPad charger or for other devices too.
You might worry that you’d mix up which socket is which, but Kensington have thought ahead and included labels on both USB ports to ensure that you’re always going to be charging at maximum speed.
The Kensington has a simple, professional looking design, with a very small size that’s only as big as is necessary to include the two USB ports. That means it’ll never get in the way of other nearby connections or buttons. It’s so small and light that it’s easy to toss in a bag or take on holiday without issues.
All in all, the Kensington Powerbolt 3.4A charger is a complete in-car charging solution, particularly for Apple devices as you’ve got that extra Lightning USB cable. Of course, the USB ports will work fine with your own cables for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, as well as other USB charged items like e-readers and headsets.
What do you think of the Kensington Powerbolt – do you reckon it’s the best iPhone 5 and iPad 4 charger? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and have a good one!